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Chairman's Bulletin July 2013


Welcome to July's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our organisation and what is going on in the NHS.

On 5th July I had the honour of celebrating the NHS 65th Birthday at an event at Trafford General Hospital - the birthplace of the NHS.  There was an exhibition which looked at the history of the hospital, how patient care has evolved over the years and also showcased current services and future developments.

A special anniversary cake was cut as part of the celebrations.  The event finished with a 150 balloon release outside the main entrance.

Since my last bulletin we have received the Secretary of State's decision to support the proposed new model for hospital services in Trafford.  We are now working with the Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England and other partner organisations in Trafford to agree the process for implementation. We have also started meeting with staff who may be affected by these changes over the coming months.

The new model ensures the right balance between caring for the sickest patients in specialist hospitals and retaining local access to a broad range of high quality services for patients with less serious needs.  This model works because Trafford General Hospital is part of a Foundation Trust that includes a wide range of specialist hospital and community services and because we are working in close collaboration with primary and community health services and social care to develop and deliver an effective integrated care system.

You will have received details about the forthcoming elections. Further details can be found on the Governor Election webpage - www.cmft.nhs/foundation-trust/governor-elections.aspx.

All nomination papers should be received by the Returning Officer by Noon on Monday 29th July 2013.

If there is anything I can do to assist you in your role as a Governor, please contact me on 0161 276 8661 or at peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk.